Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Random Updates of the Not-so-Random

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

~~ When I eat too much, I can't breathe. And it doesn't take much to be too much.

~~ The heat is on in our apartment!!! A whole week early!!!

~~ Looks like water is clear and clean of any toxic waste...

~~ I go to the grocery story almost every day. Sometimes twice. It helps that I only have to walk 100 steps.

~~ When trying to choose a name for our baby, almost all names I like have been chosen by friends, either for a child or a dog. Whatever happened to naming the canine species things like Rover?

~~ While wanting to keep this blog family-friendly, this update was too good to pass up. Galati now has a Mexican Restaurant and it's called:

That's right, El C.O. Jones. We ate there with some friends a couple weeks ago. It was okay...at least there were free chips!

~~ Every Friday I'm going to start posting short stories (at least I'm going to try to), and set up a LINKY system so that others can also post their stories. I'm hoping to start a community of people who basically want to read one another's work and offer constructive criticism. And also, just get some written work out there. It's going to be called "If you have the time." Hoping that some of writers out there will post your stuff along with me!

~~ Today Bela and I have been together for 2 years. So hard to believe, it's gone by so quickly! And now we're having a baby. Whowoodathunkit?

~~ And now, the Lentil Soup recipe. It's so great...and good for you, too! (sorry that the pictures aren't the greatest...)

Here's what you'll need:

4c lentils (or less...this amount makes a ton, so last time I only put in 2 1/4c and still had plenty)
2 tbsp oil
2 carrots, diced finely
1 onion, diced finely
3 cloves garlic, chopped finely (or pressed)
1 tsp paprika (I always put in more, though!)
1 tsp cumin (again, I'm generous!)
1 tsp tumeric (don't skimp!)
1 tbsp tomato paste
8 c veg or chicken stock (although you'll probably want to add water as this gets pretty darn thick!)

salt and pepper

on the side: sour cream to top it.

saute carrot, onion, and garlic in oil 3-4 minutes

add paprika, cumin and tumeric to pan of sauted veggies.

continue to cook 6-8 minutes
stir in tomato paste to pan of spices and veggies.

add lentils to stock, bring to boil

cook 20-30 minutes
stir time to time

After lentils and stock have cooked, add spices and veggies to lentils and continue to let bubble for about 20 minutes. Make sure the lentils are tender, and then you know you're done. And so are they.

also, you can add chopped tomatoes, peppers, whatever you like!
this is always better the second day!
AND...it gets thick...so the second day add more water and then some spices to compensate, if you like!

Here's what my kitchen looks like after I finish cooking.


jo said...

sounds yummy. hopefully tastes buds and blossoms will see this and put it on their site. :) I love that you should us what your kitchen looks like afterward. a true chef!!! :0 love ya

Mel (AKA Dad, Grampa) said...

The only time I have ever had lentil soup was when we took you to St John's College in New Mexico. We'd love it if you could make it for us some time.

Annie said...

April - I made the lentils tonight for everyone! Turned out well! Definitely thinking of and praying for you and Bela today. much love, annie.

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